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July 7

Festus Ezeli signs with Blazers

As great as the Golden State Warriors were, one thing they never truly did right was figure out the best way to use Festus Ezeli. The 6-foot-11, 265-pound center averaged seven points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game last year with the Warriors behind the also departed center Andrew Bogut, but after the Warriors agreed to terms to bring in Kevin Durant, the Warriors renounced Ezeli as a restricted free agents and put him on the market for everybody. The Portland Trail Blazers lacked a significant inside threat last year with Mason Plumlee averaging just 9.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game as their full-time starting center. Ezeli gives the Blazers a much better offensive option inside, and Ezeli certainly has the size to hold more than just his own defensively. Ezeli agreed to a two-year, $15.2 million deal, with a player option on the second year, likely with the hopes that he can establish himself as a quality starter and cash in on that next year.

Allen Crabbe given four-year, $75 million offer sheet from Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Nets have signed Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent Allen Crabbe to a four-year, $75 million offer sheet that could reach up to $83 million in bonuses and includes a player option for the fourth year. The Trail Blazers will have three days to match the offer given to the former second-round pick who was originally selected by the Cavaliers but traded on draft night to the Trail Blazers for two future second-round picks. Crabbe has been known as a 3-point shooter since he was drafted, but finally in his third year got the minutes and chances necessary to throw his ability. Crabbe averaged 10.3 points per game in 26 minutes per contests this past season while shooting 39.4-percent from 3-point range. The Nets are desperate to improve their backcourt talent, shown by their offer sheet to Tyler Johnson, who also wasn’t a starter in the league last year, and the Trail Blazers have Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and now Even Turner all in their backcourt already, making it unlikely that they’ll be able to keep Crabbe on that big of a contract as a backup.

July 6

Dwayne Wade makes homecoming, heading to Bulls, Calderon and Dunleavy traded

Out goes one veteran who is from Chicago, and in comes another. Free agent shooting guard Dwayne Wade will leave his long-time team the Miami Heat and go to the Bulls on a 2-year, $47 million deal. Even last year it was questionable whether Wade would leave his Heat team, which have not been very interested in shelling him out big money at his age, and reportedly the two sides were $10 million off on a deal this offseason. As soon as that report came out, it was pretty obvious that the 13-year pro would be heading to his home town to join Jimmy Butler in a backcourt that just lost Derrick Rose, the Chicago-native who they drafted No. 1 overall and saw develop into the league MVP before devastating knee injuries set him back. Wade was also said to have considered the Milwaukee Bucks, but ultimately it was Butler, a fellow Marquette product, who called him and convinced him to finally choose the Bulls.

The Bulls created some cap space for the move by trading the recently acquired Jose Calderon, who is in the final year of his contract that pays him $7.7 million. Calderon through he was going to the Brooklyn Nets, but the Lakers came in and sent a player to be named later to Chicago for Calderon and two future second-round picks.

The Bulls also traded Mike Dunleavy to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James has always wanted Dunleavy on his team. A 3-point shooter who can spread the floor, Dunleavy is exactly what the Cavaliers needed to bring in, especially with the loss to Matthew Dellavedova in free agency.

Nene heads to Houston

Nene was supposed to be the All-Star teammate of All-Star John Wall in Washington, but injuries and health issues never allowed him to be as productive as the Wizards had hopes. He simply wasn’t on the floor enough and at 34-years-old, expecting him to regain his All-Star forum would be silly, but a one-year, $2.9 million deal with a team that lacks size inside is a very nice move for both Nene and the Rockets. Nene is the first player the Rockets have gotten this offseason that provides any sort of defense. He’s still one of the strongest interior defenders around.

Brandon Rush signs with Timberwolves

Brandon Rush was finally able to stay healthy and show off his offensive ability last season for the Golden State Warriors as he played in 72 games, started 25 and shot 41.4-percent from 3-point range. Having Rush be able to stretch the floor was huge for the Warriors when Harrison Barnes went down with an injury, but Rush was not going to be involved too much behind Kevin Durant an Andre Igoudala, leading him to leaving or Minnesota one a one-year, $3.5 million contract to help be a complimentary backcourt piece for Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins. As shooter, he should have no problem finding and filling a role.

Langston Galloway signs with Pelicans

When the Knicks landed Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings, they had to renounce their restricted free agent rights to get the necessary cap space. But that was the New Orleans Pelicans treasure as he signed a two-year contract worth just over $5 million annually with a second-year player option. The addition of Galloway further bolsters the Pelican’s backcourt. Last year Galloway averaged 7.6 points and shot 34.4-percent from distance in 24.8 minutes per game. The year before as a rookie he was forced into the starting rotation and ended up averaging 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals and shot 35.2-percent from 3-point range in 45 games, 41 of which he started while averaging 32.4 minutes per game.

Richard Jefferson hold off on retirement, re-signs with Cavs

It was almost 10 years ago when the then New Jersey Nets traded Richard Jefferson and people through he was done being an elite player in the league because his game was purely based on his diminishing athleticism, but Jefferson has stuck around the NBA, maybe not as a star, but has a very reliable bench player for a few teams and has had loads of success and finally this past year, Jefferson was a key bench player for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they won the NBA Championship and with that taste of success, he’s not going to go out. He wants more and he’s returning on a new two-year deal worth $5 million.

Barbosa return to the Suns…again

Leandro Barbosa is returning to the Phoenix Suns for a third stint on a two-year, $8 million contract. Barbosa began his NBA career after the Suns acquired his draft rights as a first round pick in 2003. He went on to play seven seasons with Phoenix before leaving for stints in Toronto, Indiana and Boston before finally returning for another year with the Suns in 2013-14. After that he left to play two years with the Golden State Warriors and was part of their 2015 Championship team, but now he’s back, possibly on his final NBA deal, on a two-year, $8 million contract. The 33-year-old played only 15.9 minutes per game for the Warriors but still provided the tough defense that he’s always provided throughout his career and averaged 6.4 points per game this past season.

July 5

Diaw traded to Jazz as Spurs clear cap space

In order to sign veteran forward Pau Gasol, the San Antonio Spurs needed to create cap space, and the victim of the cap purge was Boris Diaw, who has been traded to the Utah Jazz for Olivier Hanlan, a 2015 second round pick who played overseas last year and will likely be waived.

Diaw was on a fully-guaranteed $7 million contract for this season and by trading him the Spurs were able to clear what they needed to fit in Gasol’s contract that will cost over $15 million next year.

Diaw was tremendous for the Spurs during his first two seasons there as he helped them win the 2014 NBA championship, but he lost starts and minutes over the past two seasons and last year did not even play in the team’s Western Conference Semifinals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Still, the Jazz could use a wily veteran with tremendous passing ability inside with guys like Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Trey Lyles.

Jason Smith agrees with Wizards

A three-year, $16 million deal with a player option for the third year is a lot of money for a guy who will simply be a third center for the Washington Wizards behind Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi, but Jason Smith is a nice fit for what the Wizards need. Smith averaged 7.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 76 games last season with Orlando. Though he lost time to Orlando’s young crop of post players, he’s a solid 7-footer, but paying him over $5 million per season seems pretty ridiculous.

Dirk re-signs with Dallas

As soon as the Mavericks acquired both Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, it was pretty clear it would be easy for Dirk Nowitzki to choose to stick around with the only NBA team he’s ever played for. Nowitzki did not pick up his player option for this year as he wanted to wait and see if the Mavericks were going to re-load or re-build. After seeing the team re-load with their big additions he re-signed with them on a massive two-year, $40 million contract. Even though he just turned 38-years-old, Nowitzki was still very productive for the Mavericks, averaging 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 36.8-percent from 3-point range.

Gerald Henderson and 76ers are a perfect match

Gerald Henderson has shown and proven that he can score the basketball, but he fell out of favor by the end of his lone season with the Portland Trail Blazers. Still, the 6-foot-5 wing can provide a much-needed veteran presence to the always-young Philadelphia 76ers and perhaps even carve out a starting spot in a backcourt that currently features Isaiah Canaan and Ish Smith. Henderson agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with the 76ers.

David West joins Warriors on veteran minimum

David West wants a championship badly and he’s willing to sacrifice a lot of money to get one. Last year1 West gave up more than $11 million to lead the Indiana Pacers to sign with the San Antonio Spurs. However, that did not result in a championship for him so now he’s going to Golden State on a veteran minimum contract. West will be turning 36-years-old next month but is still a tough-as-nails kind of post player who averaged 7.1 points and four rebounds per game in just 18 minutes per contract last year while giving a tremendous defensive effort on that end of the floor.

July 4

Kevin Durant chooses Golden State

Kevin Durant must be desperate for a championship. There used to be a time when star players would never consider joining another star player’s team, but in today’s game, super teams are becoming so common and Kevin Durant decided to join and make one.

Durant has agreed to a two-year, $54.3 million contract with a player option after the first year with the Warriors. This contract will allow Durant to make a ton more money next year on a long-term deal when the salary cap jumps.

The move automatically makes the Golden State Warriors, which won an NBA record 73 games last season and went to Game seven of the NBA Final in their quest to repeat as champions, a ridiculously strong favorite to win next year’s title as he joins Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymont Green.

Warriors trade Bogut to Mavs to clear cap space, renounce Barnes and Ezeli

In order to clear enough cap space to sign Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors got rid of two of their top role players: center Andrew Bogut and wing Harrison Barnes. Bogut was basically given to the Mavericks for a future, conditional second-round draft pick. Since the Mavericks are well under the league’s salary cap, they will not have to send a players back with matching salaries.

The Mavericks tried to get DeAndre Jordan last summer to be their interior stopper and rim protector, but Bogut is one of the best in the league at being that. After Bogut went down in the NBA Finals, the Warriors failed to win a game as LeBron James crashed his way inside and bullied the Warriors.

Bogut make not be much of an offensive weapon, but defensively he’s tremendous and he’s a great rebounder. Last year he only averaged a career-low 5.4 points per game, but grabbed seven rebounds and had 1.6 blocks per game in 20.7 minutes. He shot a hyper-efficient 62.7-percent from the floor.

Barnes worked his way into the starting lineup at small forward two years ago and was great in that position last year, but with Durant coming into town, the Warriors needed to create an opening at small forward for him and needed to open up some cap space. The Mavericks offered Barnes a four-year, $94 million offer sheet that the Warriors had the ability to match, but they quickly renounced him as a restricted free agent and the Mavericks quickly picked him up.

Barnes averaged 11.7 points per game and shot 46.6-percent as just a fourth option for the Warriors last year. He provided tremendous defense for them though and was often their best wing defender on the floor.

In a matter of minutes, the Mavericks signed two of Golden State’s best defenders and two guys who already have chemistry and championships together. If Dirk Nowitzki returns, which these moves make is likely he will

The Warriors may have missed out on guys like Mike Conley, Hassan Whiteside, Dwayne Wade and Nicolas Batum, already, but this has saved their offseason.

Pau Gasol chooses San Antonio

With Tim Duncan looking like he may finally call it a career, the San Antonio Spurs bring in a tough championship, proven veteran to replace him in Pau Gasol. At 35-years-old, Gasol produced big in Chicago and continues to add to the remodeled front court the Spurs have been building with LaMarcus Aldridge and David West last year. With the team transitioning to Kawhi Leonard and Aldridge as their cornerstones the Spurs are still a championship-caliber team. Gasol averaged 16.5 points, 11 rebounds, 4.1 assists and two blocks per game for the Bulls.

Warriors bringing Shaun Livingston back

One free agent that will be returning to the Warriors is Shaun Livingston. The tall point guard came up huge for the Warriors on several occasions, including a 21-point performance in Game One of the NBA Finals to lead the Warriors to a win when both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were shut down. Livingston averaged only 6.3 points and 3.0 minutes per game, but the former No. 4 overall pick who has his career thrown off track by a devastating leg injury early in his career, found ways to fit in pretty perfectly as a backup in Golden State. His length and defensive ability were big for the Warriors too, making it a pretty easy decision for them to pick up his $5.8 million option for next season.

Ramon Sessions goes back to Charlotte

Ramond Sessions has played for six teams in his nine-year NBA career, some teams twice, but he’s making a return to Charlotte where he had the most successful stint of his career. Sessions will be Kemba Walker’s backup. He struggled in Washington the past year and a half. He averaged 14.4 points in 2012-13 and 10.5 points in the half season he played there the next season.

Brandon Jennings agrees to join Knicks

Thing of a better backup for Derrick Rose, it’s hard to. Brandon Jennings is a very talented and explosive player who the Pistons replaced when after he suffered an injury two years ago and took his spot away from him. Then he was traded to Orlando midway through last year, and things never quite materialized for him, but he is still an explosive player who should work well behind Rose. Jennings always looks to pass the ball, but does like to make things happen when the ball is in his hand. Looking to prove himself and cash in next year, Jennings signed only a one-year deal worth $5 million, making it a minimal risk for the Knicks again.

Hibbert hoping to revitalize career in Charlotte

The NBA is moving away from the Roy Hibbert-type centers; a huge defensive stopper with limited offensive ability, but the Hornets still needed a big man in the middle with the loss to Al Jefferson, and combined with the hopeful development of 2015 first round draft pick Frank Kaminsky, he can be the on to provide the offense at the position. Hibbert agreed to just a one-year deal worth $5 million with the hopes of revitalizing his career after a down season with the Los Angeles Lakers in which he averaged a career-low 5.9 points and only 4.9 rebounds per game despite starting 81 game and averaging 23.2 minutes per game.

Lance Thomas re-signs with Knicks

It’s not about he big, flashy moves for the Knicks this year, it’s simply about upgrading their talent across the board, but also about keeping the talent they have. After originally just being a throw-in player in the JR Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland deal, Thomas has turned into a very reliable bench player who averaged eight points and two rebounds per game in 22.3 minutes a game for the Knicks last year. With a developed 3-point shot and strong defense, Thomas was a crucial part of the Knicks’ small-ball lineup when they would put Kristaps Porzingis in at center. Thomas agreed to a four-year deal worth just over $27 million.

July 3

Rajon Rondo heading to Chicago

Rajon Rondo saved his career in Sacramento after just a horrible 2014-15 campaign split between the Celtics and Mavericks. Rondo stayed quiet and was never an issue in the locker room, but was clearly miserable. To nobody’s surprise he’s out of there and was agreed to be the distributor for the Bulls on a 2-year, $28 million deal with a mutual buyout for the second year. Without Derrick Rose the Bulls needed to find a guy to run the offense. Rondo is that guy.

Crawford staying in LA

Jamal Crawford has had a tremendous run with the Los Angeles Clippers and he’s not about to end that party yet. Crawford, a regular Sixth Man of the Year winner or candidate, is another space shooter for the Clippers and is their offensive spark off the bench an re-signed on a 3-year, $42 million deal.

TWolves nab Aldrich

Maybe they missed out on Joakim Noah, but the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to find toughness and defense for their front court in the form of a much cheaper Cole Aldrich, who agreed to a three-year, $22 million deal. He’s a big improvement defensively behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng.

Nets make Tyler Johnson massive offer sheet

The Heat found a gem when they selected Tyler Johnson in the second round of the draft a few years ago, but after a more than solid second season in which he averaged 8.7 points and shot 48.8-percent from the floor and 38.6-percent from 3-point range, the Nets have made him a massive four-year, $50 million offer sheet. As an Arenas RUles guy, the Nets can only give Johnson the equivalent of the mid-level exception for the first two years, but can do anything they want after that. Johnson’s first two years are only $5.6 and $5.9 million but jump up to $18.9 and $19.6 million in years three and four, respectively. The Head could match the total, but the cap number would b $12.5 million across the board for all four years.

Manu Ginobili returning to Spurs for another year

It’s been a few years now that we’ve has to wonder at the start of the offseason I Manu Ginobili would be returning to play another year in the NBA. This offseason that question has been answered and he’s coming back for at least one more year. Ginobili will turn 39-years-old on July 28. He played a career-low 19.6 minutes per game this past season, and though his 9.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game were all the lowest per game averages he’s had since his debut season in the league, he’s still a tremendous threat shooting the ball. Last year he shot 39.1-percent from 3-point range.

Ginobili’s return also will likely help Tim Duncan make his decision of whether he’s going to retire. Duncan announced he is optioning into his final year on his contract, but was still undecided whether he’ll retire or not. With Ginobili returning it may lead to Duncan coming back as the two long-time teammates go for one more ring together.

Wizards trade for Trey Burke

Former ninth overall draft pick Trey Burke hasn’t lived up to his hype in his first three seasons in the league and has fallen out of favor in Utah. On Sunday, the Jazz trade him to the Washington Wizards for a future second round pick. Burke did not start a game last year and average just 10.6 points, 2.3 assists and 21.3 minutes per game, all career lows. However, he did shoot career-bests 41.3-percent from the floor and 34.4-percent from 3-point range. He figures to be John Wall’s backup in the nation’s capital. The Jazz traded for Shelvin Mack midseason and he averaged 12.7 points and 5.3 assists with the Jazz. Raul Neto also started games for the Jazz last year and should continue as their top backup along with second round pick Isaiah Whitehead of Seton Hall.

Andrew Nicholson goes to Washington

Stretch forward Andrew Nicholas has agreed to a four-year, $26 million contract with the Washington Wizards after the Orlando Magic made him an unrestricted free agent by declining to make him a qualifying offer as an unrestricted free agents. The Wizards have really struggled this offseason and have failed to sign any big-named free agents, but Nicholson can be a quality depth option behind Markieff Morris. Nicholson averaged 6.9 points per game in just 14.7 minutes a contest last year while shooting 47.1-percent from the floor and 36-percent from distance.

July 2

Jazz sign sharp-shooter Joe Johnson

This 2-year, $22 million is a much cheaper deal than the monstrosity he was on for a long time and gives the Jazz an immediately offensive threat out of the backcourt. Along with the addition of George Hill from a three-team deal earlier in the offseason, the Jazz have give themselves a ton of 3-point shooting ability, which they desperately needed.

Lakers overpay Deng on four-year deal

Luol Deng has agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. That’s way too much money for a guy who has been in a drastic decline for a few years now. Deng can still be a decent option on the floor, though. Last year he averaged 12.3 points and six rebounds per game while starting 72 of 74 games for the Heat last season. He’s still a solid defender and though he’s never been a light-out shooter, he’s a reliable one who will space the floor. Still, $18 million a year to a middling role player is way too much, but it’s what these guys are getting this offseason of crazy contracts.

Magic ink Biyombo to 4-year, $72 million deal

Orlando needed interior defense badly and they got some tremendous defense when they traded for Serge Ibaka on draft day, but they did not stop there. Bismack Biyombo missed out on the big contracts last offseason, but a player option allowed him to cash in on a very good 2015-16 season. He’s still only a mediocre scorer, but he’s a long, epically athletic forward who helps make the Magic look a lot better inside.

Rockets sign Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson fits in perfectly in Houston, but that may not be the greatest thing in the world. Anderson agrees to a four-year deal with the Rockets worth $80 million. Offensively, Anderson is a gfited shooter who averaged 16.1 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game during his time with New Orleans. He’s a true stretch forward at 6-foot-10, but he’s not very good at defense, which is not something the Rockets have prioritized in any way. That team will score, but they’ll give up a ton of points.

Pacers interested in Rudy Gay

This would be a tremendous addition for the Indiana Pacers. Rudy Gay is a super gifted scorer and would be a tremendous second weapon next to Paul George on the offensive end. Indiana was linked to Gay on Draft Day before they added Thaddeus Young, but it is still very possible that he gets there. Defensively, the Pacers will still be hurting, but they will have athleticism and length with George, Gay and Young, which has worked out for the Warriors.

Celtics land their man Al Horford

Four-years, $113 million and that seems like a bargain for Al Horford. Horford is the perfect guy for Boston. He’s a tough-as-nails All-Star forward who contributed all over the place. Last season, Horford led the Hawks to the playoffs for a ninth-straight year while averaging 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. The Celtics needed a strong-willed veteran like Horford, who can provide tremendous leadership in the locker room.

Knicks sign Courtney Lee

Just as planned, the New York Knicks signed a shooter after they brought in Joakim Noah. Derrick Rose is a tremendously gifted point guard and if he comes to New York with even a fraction of his explosive ability that he had in his heyday he’ll be great. But he’s never been a great outside shooter. The Knicks needed to add a guy who can pull up and hit shots in their backcourt. Lee inked a four-year, $50 million deal and is coming off a solid season last year. He was crucial for the Hornets after being traded to them at the deadline. With the Hornets he averaged 8.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 30 minutes per game and shot 44.5-percent from the floor and 39.2-percent from distance.

Marvin Williams staying in Charlotte

Courtney Lee is leaving the Hornets, but Marvin Williams is staying on a four-year, $54.5 million deal. Williams was said to have rejected deals that would have given him $15 million per year but helps the Hornets with a smaller deal so they can continue to build. He was huge for Charlotte last year as he averaged 11.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while providing solid interior defense.

After breakout season, Ian Mahinmi gets paid by the Wizards

It took eight seasons for Ian Mahinmi to breakout in the NBA at 29-years-old, but after starting 71 games for the Indiana Pacers and averaging 9.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, Mahinmi has been given a four-year, $64 million deal from the Washington Wizards. He was tremendous defensively too and proves to be a reliable passer. Still, that’s a lot of money for a guy who has only had one good year our of eight.

Mavericks intend to give Harrison Barnes max offer sheet

Dallas can’t sign restricted free agent Harrison Barnes outright, so the Warriors will have the opportunity to match what ever offer he gets, but while it should be no surprise that Barnes is getting a max offer sheet, the Mavericks would be a great place for him after they lost Chandler Parson’s defense on the wing. The Warriors don’t have to worry about matching his offer until July 7 when contracts can actually be signed, but Kevin Durant is the big question. If Durant goes to Golden State then the Warriors will say goodbye to Barnes, but if he chooses to go elsewhere, they’re not letting Barnes go.

Austin Rivers re-signing with Clippers

Zero surprise here. Austin Rivers isn’t all that great, but does provide some pretty decent outside shooting. At 3-years, $35 million, there is no reason he leaves the team his dad is coaching.

Rockets add more offense, but still no defense in Eric Gordon

The Houston Rockets are going to score a lot of points, but they have nothing good defensively right now. Eric Gordon has battled injuries throughout his career but has always shown great promise. He can be a very interesting addition next to James Harden on a four-year, $53 million contract. But defensively, the Rockets get no help. But he and Ryan Anderson both fit Mike D’Antoni’s system as shooters who can space the floor.

Wesley Johnson agrees with Clippers

Wesley Johnson has never lived up to being the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, but he’s still a decent role player on the wing who averaged seven points and three rebounds in 21 minutes per game last year with the Clippers. Where he stands out, though, is on the defensive end. He can decent multiple positions and is well worth a 3-year, $18 million deal for that part of his game.

July 1

First day of Free Agency!

Beal re-signs with Wizards, 5-years, $128 million

The Wizards had slim hope to bring Kevin Durant home, but with that not happening they had to keep their talented shooting guard Bradley Beal, which come at no surprise to anyone.

Noah nearing deal with Knicks

Talks between Joakim Noah and the Knicks have been going well and they two parties are nearing an agreement on a 4-year, $72 million deal. Nothing is official yet, though.

Lakers sign Mozgov

Fresh off a championship, Timofey Mozgov is getting paid some nice money. The Cavs traded two first round picks for Mozgov in January 2015 and he did what they needed him to do. Now he’s going to LA to provide some toughness and rebounding inside. That also likely means Hassan Whiteside is not going to be going to the Lakers.

Blazers offer to Chandler Parsons

The Portland Trail Blazers would be a good fit for Chandler Parsons too. He’s sort of a Nicolas Batum type-wing who can defend and provide some athleticism. Remember, Parsons has a point guard skillset in a big frame. He can help a team like the Blazers.

DeRozan re-signs with Raptors

It’s actually pretty surprising that DeMar DeRozan is staying in Toronto, but a 5-year, $139 million deal is a bit contract that would be hard to turn down. The Raptors still need something more than the Kyle Lowry/DeMar DeRozan duo leading the way if they want to win a championship, but DeRozan is a very good scorer that the Raptors couldn’t afford to lose.

Batum re-signs with Hornets

After averaging 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists and helping get the Hornets into the playoffs, Nicolas Batum is sticking around in Charlotte, which own his bird rights and could offer a fifth year.

Drummond working on max deal with Pistons

Another top of the line free agent is staying put; Andre Drummond is utilizing the fact that the Pistons own his bird rights to get as big of a contract as possible. The Pistons need him anyway. They are a growing team and Drummond has developed into one of the best centers in the league. Last year he averaged 16.2 points, 14.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game and helped get the Pistons of the playoffs. It’s a five year, $130 million deal.

Clarkson staying in Los Angeles

At least one thing went right for the Lakers; keeping talented scorer Jordan Clarkson in town on a four-year, $50 million deal. Last year he scored 15.5 points per game, which was second only to the retired Kobe Bryant.

Whiteside returns to the Heat

The Miami Heat got great news that their talented 27-year-old center who has tremendous two-way ability will be sticking around South Beach to continue to make up one of the better starting fives in the Eastern Conference. It is especially important with Chris Bosh possibly being done and Dwayne Wade likely heading out of town. Whiteside is going to get a four-year max deal worth $98 million.

Ish Smith to Detroit

A move that will fly under the radar, Ish Smith has signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Detroit Pistons. The journeyman point guard did a great job on a bad 76ers team. He’ll be a great backup for Reggie Jackson in Detroit.

Jeremy Lin signs with nets

Jeremy Lin is the definition of a journeyman has he’s now on his sixth team in seven years in the league. Lin signed a three-year deal worth $36 million with the Brooklyn Nets, with a player option on the third year and bonuses. The move makes sense with the Nets being coaches by Kenny Atkinson, who the assistant coach for the Knicks during the Linsanity year. Lin probably won’t go in as the starting point guard, but certainly could become their guy.

Al Jefferson signs with Pacers

Remember the tough presence David West was able to provide the Pacers inside? Welcome Al Jefferson on a 3-year, $30 million dea.. Certainly Jefferson is no as good defensively as West, but he’s a gamer who knows how to score and can bang around inside. The Pacers didn’t have that last year. It was an outside attack with George Hill and Paul George. now they Pacers have the distributor in Jeff Teague, the dynamic playmaker in George and the tough inside guy in Jefferson.

Grizzlies sign Chandler Parsons

The Grizzlies were really the perfect fit for the long, athletic, defense first wing Chandler Parsons. The Grizzlies landed him on a four-year, $94 million deal that gives them an added dimension of scoring from outside. Parsons proved he is not a guy who can carry the show while in Dallas, but he’s a tremendous role player and will fit in well in Memphis.

76ers get Jerryd Bayless

It’s not a huge move for Philadelphia, but Jerryd Bayless is a nice, well-traveled do-it-all combo guard who should provide a spark off the bench as a pull-up shooter, which they need around Ben Simmons.

Mirza Teletovic signs with the Bucks

Coming off a career-year with the Phoenix Suns, Mirza Teletovic will give the Milwaukee Bucks a guy who can space the floor with his outside shooting. The Bucks were last in the league in 3-point shooting a year ago. Of course he’s a defensive liability, but the Bucks have plenty of guys who can defend multiple positions out on the wing to cover for him.

Blazers sign Evan Turner

This is disappointing for the Celtics, for which Evan Turner shed his bust label and became a reliable scoring threat, at least somewhat. But two years in Boston have given Turner a massive raise. He had a 2-year, $6 million contract before. Now he’s signing a four-year, $70 million team with the Portland Trail Blazers, which need a hybrid wing player to come off the bench and produce.

Dellavedova goes to Bucks

Matthew Dellavedova was disappointed with how last offseason worked out for him. He wanted a multi-year deal, but settled for a qualifying offer. Luckily, that left him a free agent during a year the salary cap went up and he got a four-year, $38 million deal from the Bucks. Dellavedova is another quality 3-point shooter that the Bucks desperately need, but he’s a quality defender and scrappy rebounder.

Magic Keep Evan Fournier

Five years, $85 million. The Orlando Magic have made a commitment to Evan Fournier and have said he’s their guy they are building around. The Frenchman took off in Orlando after the Nuggets traded him and he’s developed into one of the better shooting guards in the league.

Solomon Hill signs with the Pelicans

It’s a rich four-year, $48 million deal for Solomon Hill, but the Pelicans needed exactly what he provides. Hill has been very up-and-down as an scorer, but he’s been tremendous as a wing defender in his career spent with the Pacers. That’s why the Pelicans brought him in. They just had to pay him a bit more than he probably was worth.

Kings willing to trade Rudy Gay

A lot of teams should be interested in the offense that Rudy Gay can provide from the wing. The Kings need more than him and if they can get something good for him, they should be willing to make a move. Gay averaged 17.2 points per game off 46.5-percent shooting from the floor last year.

Celtics offering Horford max deal

From the jump the Celtics have made it known that they want Al Horford and they are willing to shell out a max deal for the tough-as-nails post player. But more than just bringing in a tough inside player, the Celtics might be able to lure Kevin Durant in with his addition. That would be huge for the Celtics, which have a lot of good players, but nothing super exciting.

Grizzlies give max deal to Mike Conley

No matter what, Mike Conley was going to get offered a max contract, the difference is that The Grizzlies have his bird rights and can give him a bigger five-year deal. The Grizzlies are said to be ready to offer their point guard a five-year, $153 million deal, which is so much better than the four-year, $114 million deal that Mavericks or any other team could offer.

Hawks sign Dwight Howard to 3-year, $70.5 million deal

It’s pretty clear Al Horford won’t be returning to Atlanta, which means the Hawks have a huge need for a center. Dwight Howard got a bad rap for his bad stints in Los Angeles and Houston, but those were bad situations. The Lakers were crumbling and the Rockets were a mess with James Harden just acting like he didn’t care about success outside his own numbers. The fact is, that Howard is still a dominant defensive player who can bang around inside and put up points despite still not being a great offensive player. That’s how good he is, he just needs to be in a winning situation, which Atlanta has proven to be the past few seasons.

At last, Noah is a Knick

It’s official now, Joakim Noah has agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the New York Knicks. The tough inside defensive and rebounding presence is exactly the type of player the Knicks need in their rebuild. He’s a talented player who knows what it takes to win and will will a major role for the Knicks as they continue to be committed to increasing the talent on their roster instead of going for big stars for quick fixes.

June 30

Thunder want Horford with Durant

The Oklahoma City Thunder cleared out some cap space when they traded Serge Ibaka, but are reportedly trying to open up more room so they can bring in the always-tough Al Horford. With Durant’s bird-rights, they can sign him over the salary cap, but to bring Horford in they will have to clear out some room by trading Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler and letting Dion Waters and Randy Foye leave. they would also waive Anthony Morrow and Ersan Ilyasova, who are on partially guaranteed contracts.

Grizzlies targeting Chandler Parsons

Chandler Parsons was a bad fit in Dallas from the moment he signed there, but the Grizzlies make a lot of sense. They are a defense-first type of team but could use some nice athleticism out on the wing. All we know is that Parsons won’t be returning to Dallas.

Knicks favorite to sign Joakim Noah

Early on it looked like Tom Thibodeau could use his history with Joakim Noah to lure him to the Timberwolves, but the Knicks have taken over as his likely landing sport for a few weeks now, especially since the team traded for Derrick Rose and lost Robin Lopez’ toughness in the paint.

June 29

Dwayne Wade looking at Texas teams

After it became clear to Dwayne Wade that the Miami Heat were not interested in keeping him for the money he wants, he choose to look other places. At first thought the Chicago Bulls made a lot of sense since he’s from there, but he’s reached out to the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks have shown interest in him too.

June 28

Duncan picks up option, but still may retire

Tim Duncan was never going to go anywhere else, it’s just a matter of whether he wants to continue to play or retire after a tremendous Hall of Fame career. That’s what he’ll be deciding over the summer.

Lakers & 76ers looking at Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes is going to get some big money this offseason. The Warriors still make the most sense for him and they do have money to throw at him, but if he wants an increased role on a team and chance to be a centerpiece, the Lakers may be a good landing spot for him. The 76ers seem less likely, but Barnes is young and talented and would provide some outside shooting that they won’t have at the small forward position from No. 1 overall draft pick Ben Simmons.

June 27

DeMar DeRozan only meeting with Toronto

It’s been an up-and-down few days for the Lakers, who thought they might be able to get Kevin Durant, but learned the other day that they were out on him. Then yesterday they thought they might be able to get DeMar DeRozan and Hassan Whiteside. But now they learned DeRozan may still sign, but only if talks with Toronto don’t work out.

Melo’s recruiting Durant for Knicks

That would certainly be a huge addition for the irrelevant Knicks, but might be a pipe dream too. Still, Carmelo Anthony has drawing power and has proven that he’s capable of being a great teammate as he’s clearly adjusted his role to fit the team. There wouldn’t be huge battling for shots between those two.

June 26

Lakers targeting DeRozan and Whiteside

The Lakers won’t get Kevin Durant, but their rebuild could include two stars on that second tier, both of whom have been long rumored to be Lakers free agent targets. DeMar DeRozan is a LA guy, who grew up in Compton, went to USC and clearly tries to emulate Kobe Bryant. Hassan Whiteside has done well developing into a quality two-way center. He could crash the paint while DeRozan spreads the floor.

June 25

Durant not going to Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have a ton of cap space and plenty of need for star power, but Kevin Durant won’t be going there, according to what USA Today‘s Sam Amick has been told and reported.

June 24

Kevin Durant has visits set up with Thunder, Spurs and Warriors

He’s the biggest mystery of free agency and has plenty of options where he could go. Kevin Durant has three places set up, but could set up even more meetings with teams.

June 23

2016 NBA Draft Analysis

Check out our analysis of every pick and trade at this year’s draft

The Orlando Magic acquire Serge Ibaka from the Oklahoma City Thunder for guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights for Domantas Sabonis

The Thunder made out like bandits in this trade as they clear a bit more cap room so they can give big money to Kevin Durant, add a tough defensive guard in Victor Oladipo and a quick scoring forward in Ersan Ilyasova, who will fit perfectly in their scheme. On top of that they get the tough stretch four Domantas Sabonis and all for Serge Ibaka. Ibaka is a talented player who is a great defender, but he’s not a franchise piece. Orlando gets a good player, but a guy who really struggled to take over as a lead guy when Durant and Russell Westbrook were out.

The Indiana Pacers acquire Thad Young from the Brooklyn Nets for the 20th pick in the NBA Draft and a future second round pick

The Pacers bring back some of that scoring ability they lost when they traded George Hill away. The Nets are trying to clear out as much cap space as possible to make a huge splash in free agency and may have as much as $50 million to work with now, but Young will fit well in Indiana as a wing scorer.

June 22

The New York Knicks acquire guard Derrick Rose, guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round draft pick from the Chicago Bulls for center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon and guard Jerian Grant

This really isn’t a risk at all for the New York Knicks. They get a guy who has proven he can play incredible baseball, who has only been derailed by injuries. The beauty of the trade is that he only has one year left on his contract, so if he struggles with injuries, the Knicks can just let him go after the season. But in the mean time they can add a star to lead their team and give Carmelo Anthony help he desperately needs.

The Bulls needed to separate Rose from Jimmy Butler. It became clear those two could not co-exist, but Jose Calderon is a very unselfish facilitator who could fit in, but is ideally a backup. Jerian Grant was a first round pick last year and potential as a role play-player and reserve scorer. Robin Lopez will provide some toughness and defense inside that the Bulls will likely as Joakim Noah is expected to leave.

Knicks waive guard Tony Wroten

Simply a roster move after acquiring Derrick Rose to be their point guard.

The Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks complete a three-team trade. The Pacers acquire guard Jeff Teague from the Atlanta Hawks, the Jazz acquire guard George Hill from the Pacers and the Hawks acquire the No. 12 pick in the NBA Draft from the Jazz

This is a brilliant move for the Pacers to acquire a true point guard that they have so desperately needed but haven’t had for a long time. The Pacers clear out their former point guard George Hill, who was far more a combo guard. But he is what the Jazz need. The Jazz need some explosive guards who can score in droves. The Hawks needed to clear cap space to improve their team and while they lose a very good player in Teague, he was not an elite point guard, so they felt they could use that money somewhere else and potentially will get a good draft prospect.

Deron Williams opts out of contract with the Dallas Mavericks

Everybody from Dallas opted out. The Mavericks have an interesting choice to make whether they try to re-load or if they want to re-build.

LeBron James says he’s staying in Cleveland

He won’t leave any mystery this year, LeBron James said he has no intention of leaving Cleveland after finally delivering the city their first championship in 52 years.

June 21

Dwight Howard opts out of contract with the Houston Rockets

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Dwight Howard wants to get away from Houston. That team’s defensive deficiencies constantly made him make up for everybody else on that end of the court. It wasn’t a winning formula in Houston. He can still get picked up for big money somewhere else.

Dirk Nowitzki opts out of contract with the Dallas Mavericks

He announced during the season that he would be doing this, but it does not mean the long-time Mavericks hero Dirk Nowitzki is headed out of town. He wants to see if the Mavericks will be going for a rebuild or a if they will be putting what he believes is a contender on the floor. If he things the Mavericks can still be a contender he will be back.

Chandler Parsons opts out of contract with the Dallas Mavericks

This is pretty surprising because even at the time most believed Chandler Parsons was way to overpaid. Maybe it’s not all about money and he wants to go somewhere else where he would fit better.

June 17

The Chicago Bulls trade forward Cameron Bairstow to the Detroit Pistons for guard Spencer Dinwiddie

It’s not a big trade, or really a notable trade, but the Pistons send a 2015 second round draft pick who was barely used to pick up needed front court depth in Bairstow, while the Bulls send away a little-used forward to the Bulls for a reserve guards in Spencer Dinwiddie. The teams get what they need as they exchange guys who were blocked by other players in their rotations.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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